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bby_295629 - MANUEL I KOMNENOS Demi-tetarteron

MANUEL I KOMNENOS Demi-tetarteron VF/XF
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Price : 55.00 €
Type : Demi-tetarteron
Date: 1143-1180
Mint name / Town : Provincial mint
Metal : copper
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 2,93 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan quadrangulaire irrégulier, légèrement décentré des deux côtés. Frappe molle au droit. Revers bien venu. Patine noire
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : IC -XC.
Obverse description : Croix décorée posée sur trois degrés.

Reverse


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE INVISIBLE.
Reverse description : Buste couronné de Manuel Ier à mi-corps debout de face, vêtu du loros, tenant le labarum de la main droite et le globe crucigère de la main gauche.

Commentary


Poids léger. Buste grêle.

Historical background


MANUAL I COMNÈNE

(8/04/1143-24/09/1180)

The long reign of Manuel I mark the last Byzantine start before the fall of 1204. Steeped in Latin culture, he faced the Second Crusade (1147-1149), led by Louis VII of France who, with the help of the Norman Roger II, attacked Byzantium. The Normans took possession of part of Greece (Corinth and Thebes). Louis VII had to return to France just before divorcing Eleanor of Aquitaine. Manuel was the son of Conrad III and Frederick Barbarossa was his nemesis. The Emperor of Germany gave the Sultan of Iconium to revolt against the Byzantines who were crushed at the Battle of Myrioscéphalon in 1176. After a reign of 37 years, Manuel died in 1180, leaving weakened Byzantium, easy prey for Christians and Muslims.

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